Chapter 6. The application: Résumés and cover letters

This chapter covers

  • Writing a compelling résumé and cover letter
  • Tailoring your application to each position

You’ve got a list of open jobs you’re interested in; now it’s time to let the employers know you exist! Pretty much every job will require you to submit a résumé: a glorified list of your skills and experience. Most jobs also ask for a cover letter: a one-page letter describing why you should be considered for the job. It would be easy to jot down your previous jobs quickly and write a boilerplate letter saying that you’re interested in the company, but in this situation, ...

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